Knoxville Zoo has activities for all ages. Knoxville Zoo hosts a wide variety of mammals, birds and reptiles. Knoxville Zoo also offers activities for kids including Kids Zone, the Lego Play Lodge, Educational Zoo programs and Wee Play Zoo.
3500 Knoxville Zoo Drive Knoxville, TN, 37914
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The mission of the Knoxville Zoo is to celebrate the wonders of the natural world so is a place of fun and learning with Zoo Camps, Bedtime with the Beasts, School programs and High School Student Research. But for most of us the Zoo is about animals, and the Knoxville Zoo has a wide variety of wonderfully cared-for animals. So let’s talk about thee mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians who live at the zoo!
Mammals are always a favorite especially the Chimpanzees, Gorillas and White Handed Gibbons who are always entertaining. Other favorites include the African Elephant, Black Bear, Giraffe, Zebra and White Rhino. There are marvelous predators like the African Lion, Bengal Tiger and Red Wolf, and delightful creatures including the Prairie Dog, River Otter, Red Panda and Geoffrey’s Marmoset.
Birds include the playful African Penguin, a Toco Toucan, Scarlet Macaw, Congo African Grey Parrot and Southern Ground Hornbill. There are reptiles slithering around in dozens of exhibits including Rattlesnakes, Boas, Pythons, Vipers and their amphibian friends like alligators, tortoises, turtles, Gila Monsters, Skins, Salamanders and Geckos. And you can view many exhibits like Nature Play, Black Bear Falls, Kids Cove, Grasslands Africa, Meerkat Lookout, The Boyd Family Red Panda Village and the Stokely African Elephant Preserve.
The zoo is a credited AZA (Association of Zoos and Aquariums) institution and is actively involved in their Species Survival Plans for select animals. They currently manage 27 animal species including apes, lizards and marine mammals. The Zoo plans event all year long and Pilot Flying J sponsors Wee Play Adventure, the perfect place to encourage creative play and physical activity year round. So be a part of the Zoo and enjoy, learn and play!